Sunday
Aug102014

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

A few weeks ago on Instagram you might have seen @this little peek at the outside of our home...

We went {bold} as you can see! We chose BM's Midnight Blue {which is a dead ringer for Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue} for the exterior and BM's Vermilion for the door. Besides the exterior light next to the door, which is handmade by a local Richmond fabricator in conjunction with our beloved Shades of Light, the Euro-style mailbox @here is a favorite...

But our bold little beauty didn't start out her life this way...

So hard for me to picture now, but when I first fell for her she was just a boring beige box! And for the fun of it, let me show you just how difficult it actually is to turn a beige house into a blue house...

For {days} I was on pins and needles convinced that we were going to have to live in a smurf blue house for the rest of our lives! Our contractor, neighbors and my husband were sure that I was absolutely out of my mind at this point!! Luckily, the painters we worked with were awesome and reassured me I had made a great decision and I would love it when they were finished. Three coats later, I'm glad to say they {and I} were right...we still couldn't be happier with our deep blue beauty.

A lesson learned: First impressions are important. Absolutely, do judge a book by it's cover {when it comes to houses that is!}. The excitement around the neighborhood and amongst the crew was contageous after our house got a glossy coat of goodness. Our neighbor was actually inspired to paint her house too and I can't help but think our contractors were proud to come work in our home...and it has shown in all of the beautiful work they did here! I'll share some more snaps from around the house with you this week! Feeling blessed and inspired recently, how about you?? xx 

Monday
Aug042014

Backless in the Dining Room

I feel like in the past two places we've lived, I've always been on the hunt for the perfect high back {or in some way remarkable} hostess chairs for my dining table. You see, I have my 4 Tucroma chairs {@here} that are one of my favorite finds pretty much ever, so whatever I choose needs to play nice with them, obviously.

I'm always searching for vintage, but I've also considered buying something brand new and reupholstering it. However, at this moment I'm loving the idea of pulling up an upholstered, backless bench or stools to one side of the table...

 

I'm sort of a stool/bench hoarder- I've got a few great pieces I've been holding on to for the past couple of years in hopes that the right project would come along. I think this just might be it! Would you go backless in the dining room? 

Thursday
Jul312014

Anti-Mag Feature

We were so privileged to have the lovely Jo Ann from Anti-Mag come over to our home and interview my hubs and I a few weeks ago. Richmond is filled with so many creative people, I'm constantly amazed by all of the talent this city has to offer! And to be considered as being "interview-worthy"...well that's just the coolest : ) You can read the full article @here

 

Wednesday
Jul302014

Shoe Closet Dreams Do Come True

Those who know me well, know I'm crazy about shoes. I like to think of myself as a shoe collector really. I have no idea how many pairs I have- I'm not obsessive about it or anything- but it's quite a few. I like to think I'm giving these shoes a good home- I often shop consignment shops, which allows me the ability to afford some pretty nice things. They are like pieces of art that I can wear, so it's a great investment in my eyes.

I have always loved the idea of displaying the things you love, but I've never had the space until we moved into the new house. When I spied this tiny "closet" off of the master, I knew it was destined to become the future home for all of my beautiful shoes, jewelry and accessories...

 

The wire shelves and bland white walls weren't doing it for me, obviously. So I went in a bolder direction...

I started by painting the walls the most lovely shade of olive green- it's called Pup Tent by Martha Stewart Living paint at Home Depot. I can't find it online, but they have swatches of it in store. Then I picked up some simple {cheap} shelf brackets and painted them black. After this, of course we used our trusty Ryobi Circular Saw {also used @here and @here} to make the cleanest cuts for the shelves. Seriously, just a note about this tool- it has changed our lives! Basically, anything I can dream up around the house, the saw has allowed us the ability to create. It's super easy to use and very exact, which my husband loves {he's not as charmed by the little imperfections as I am}. We painted the shelves and I started unloading my shoes...

I found the Chinoiserie screen when we still lived in Connecticut, and it's the perfect decadent piece to add into the mix in here. It's also perfect for displaying some of my larger necklaces. To the left right when you walk in, is where I store the majority of my jewelry. I found this little campaign cabinet at a thrift store. I lined the drawers with velvet fabric so all of my baubles stay in place...

On the side under the window, I have cubbies for all of my flat shoes. On top I keep some of my lovelier, small purses and accessories. My bigger bags are on a shelf over the doorway...

And of course I cannot forget to mention my old tattered rug that makes the space for me. I've loved this piece for many years, and I finally have the perfect spot for it to live...

 

Obviously, I know I really lucked out in here- not everyone has the space for such a lovely shoe closet. However, I feel it is so important to carve out a space just for you in your home. Even if it is a lovely and perfectly organized drawer in your dresser or a basket where you keep you favorite things- make it your own and enjoy your space! 

Tuesday
Jul292014

Edgy Cool Prep

Since Hunters Alley is no more {sad face}, I've been poking around Etsy much more recently to get my affordable find fix. Which reminds me, you should check out my shop @here for a nice mix of interesting things {shameless plug}. Anyway, I spied these pillows the other day and fell in love... 

The mix of the black leather with the fabric is unreal. Certainly edgy and cool, but could you imagine if you threw some prep into the mix for good measure? I think these beauties would feel right at home in a room like this...

The touches of black help to ground the softer, preppier blues. Cool shapes and natural materials keep the room feeling modern. Perfection.